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ACT road black spots to be fixed

By Canfan - 19 May 2015 4

Road works to fix some of the ACT’s black spots are set to be completed over the coming months. Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja and Minister for Roads and Parking Mick Gentleman announced the upgrades in a media release issued this morning:

Safety will be improved across ACT roads with road works starting soon at a series of sites identified as priorities under the Australian Government Black Spot Programme.

Senator for the Australian Capital Territory Zed Seselja said four sites, in Narrabundah, Calwell, Florey and the Tuggeranong Parkway would receive upgrades.

“The Black Spot Programme is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to reduce crashes on Australian Roads,” Senator Seselja said.

“Funding provided to Black Spot projects makes an important contribution to reducing the national road toll and saving communities many times the cost of relatively minor road improvements.”

ACT Minister for Roads and Parking Mick Gentleman said a major component of the programme would include installing traffic lights at the intersection of Captain Cook Crescent and Jerrabomberra Avenue in Narrabundah.

“This will separate conflicting traffic movements into and out of Captain Cook Crescent, reducing crashes involving vehicles making right angle turns across the intersection,” Mr Gentleman said.

“The following works will also be implemented to improve safety as part of this program:

  • the installation of stop signs at the John Cleland Crescent and Coulter Drive intersection in Florey
  • the installation of kangaroo-proof roadside fencing and additional reflectors, and signage improvements on Tuggeranong Parkway between Cotter Drive and Forest Drive
  • the separation of the left turn deceleration lane and minor median modifications at the Tharwa Drive and Duggan Street intersection, Calwell.

“These upgrades are an example of the Australian and ACT Governments working together to improve safety for motorists in local communities.”

Construction will be fully funded by the Australian Government and is expected to be completed in July 2015.

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ACT road black spots to be fixed
ExarKun 10:42 am 21 May 15

I saw the headline and was hoping the Jerra Av and Captain Cook intersection would be on the list. It’s well overdue. I don’t live near there anymore but had one car written off when someone failed to give way at that intersection and the first person to my aid at the time said they had also had their car written in the same place! This was 6 years ago and there have been many accidents before and since so good to see this going ahead.

JC 10:16 pm 20 May 15

PS was just looking at the plans and the roundabout is very UK like, compared to say other roundabouts in Aus that have lights. The ones I know of here only control people entering the roundabout, but looks like the Barton Highway will have lights inside the roundabout too, which as mentioned is how many big roundabouts in the UK are done. Works well actually, provided of course people do the right thing, so here think we are stuffed.

JC 10:12 pm 20 May 15

Rollersk8r said :

What ever happened to traffic light control being added to the Barton Highway roundabout?? I thought this always comes up as Canberra’s no.1 black spot??

Think you will find this announcement is about new federal funding.

The Barton Highway roundabout was in last years ACT budget. $1m was to be spent this FY on design and tender, with construction next FY going into 2016/17. Haven’t seen anything to say this has changed.

Rollersk8r 3:04 pm 20 May 15

What ever happened to traffic light control being added to the Barton Highway roundabout?? I thought this always comes up as Canberra’s no.1 black spot??

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